Clarkson was not being serious
RECENT correspondence has criticised comments by Jeremy Clarkson on Ashford’s shared space, but what these people do not seem to realise is this is more of an entertainment programme than a serious motoring programme and much of what is said is ‘tongue-in-cheek’ and not some petrolhead’s wish for world domination! On a more serious note one reader asked who would be to blame in the event of an accident? The simple answer to that is, in the short term, there may be some balance into who was right and wrong but in the more long term, all blame will definitely fall on the licence holder. That is the eventual aim of the scheme. It is just continuation of the Government’s ‘war on the driver’. The Dutch have had these shared spaces for some years now and if an accident occurs with somebody under 14 years of age it is the driver’s fault, no ifs, buts, or ands, the driver is guilty and parents can also sue you for compensation. They are now looking to extend this to all pedestrians. Rob Gifford, director of the Parliamentary Advisory Council for Transport Safety, (the body that is the major influence on government thinking) who obviously supports such schemes, (because jobs like his depend on promoting this anti-car hysteria) has said “some drivers may be forced to pay out when there was no fault at all on their part”, but he thinks this is “acceptable.” Terry Hudson, Sussex Gardens, Herne Bay. Are the lunatics running the asylum? M. Cork, Bond Road, Ashford.